Live today, the new Knitty Surprise patterns include the Crosswaves sock, perfect for hand-dyed yarns, the Brunello cardigan, named after a full-bodied Tuscan artisanal wine, short-sleeved, lace trimmed, and just the thing to ease you into cooler days and nights.
By the way: when we launch a new issue or surprise, the server gets bogged down (despite our best efforts to keep it zippy). If you can’t get through, maybe go get a coffee or knit a few rows and try it again later!
Crosswaves by Sarah Wilson
Brunello by Amy Swenson
There, on the third floor
- Artfiibers in San Francisco proudly announces their reopening in their new location, less than a block away from their old location. The new store has 75% more space, and the both staff and customers are excited about the possibilities the new space provides for an expanded collection of yarn, fiber art and other exhibits and sales.
- The official reopening celebration takes place over the weekend of October 1-3, but they hope to be open a little sooner than that for sneak previews. More info at their website.
- Online shopping is still available at the website, of course.
Bigger and brighter!
Another beloved yarn shop, Toronto’s Lettuce Knit, has also just reopened in their new location. In what may be the fastest yarn store move ever, the shop was open on Sunday in its old spot, and open Tuesday in its new spot, 8 doors further west.
The space is significantly expanded, includes new comfy seating, and the team is looking forward to stocking lots more yarn and fiber.Â Attendees of their very popular Wednesday knit night are extremely happy about the additional space.
The Fiber Cooperative is a very exciting new online store – a gathering of all your favorite indie dyers fiber companies. It’s an easy-to-use and friendly online shop, dedicated solely to yarny sorts of products – yarn, fiber, patterns and goodies like bags and yarn-themed jewelry.
It’s a cooperative venture that allows small independent companies without big marketing budgets to get the word out about their products.
Don’t miss this wonderful BBC radio program
wherein a journalist visits Fair Isle to discuss the role of knitting in the tiny island’s history and economy, in light of recent news that knitting has been removed from the formal school curriculum.
It’s worth it just for the very atmospheric background sounds of wind, rain and sheep.
Kollage Yarns has kicked off a new program to support yarn stores: “Feed Your Creativity”. The program provides 10 kits over 10 months: each kit containing patterns, yarn, instructions and notes to allow shops to teach classes on the pattern. It’s a great way for yarn shops and knitter to sample yarns they may not be familiar with. Kit #2, the Cassandra Cowl, is available now. Visit the website
for more info, whether you’re a store or a knitter.